Have you ever visited the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina/Tennessee?

Have you ever visited the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina/Tennessee?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No but I hear they're whonderful

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No I live in UK. The best PrepHole country on Earth.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >UK
      >best PrepHole country

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Cumberlands are better, with more caves, waterfalls and less tourists, although unfortunately we're full.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Is that white rocks? the problem is the view is basically facing farmland, I want to look the other way
      also ever been to pogue creek canyon? I really want to get out that way

      I like the southern Appalachians in general but Smoky Park proper is a place that I avoid. It's a major tourist zone where you have to pay to park and everything is illegal. I drive through it occasionally and it's a nice scenic drive, but it's basically just proof of overpopulation.

      I'm not going to proper Smoky I'm gonna be closer to Boone

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Go down 181, lots of great hiking and free camping without crowds.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          that's too far out of the way unfortunately, I'm going between roan highlands and grayson highlands and looking for stuff that way, I was going to take unaka mountain road but apparently that's closed for repairs

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            When you're done go down to Asheville and suck off a troony

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              You just put em on clutch

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                what does that mean?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              going the other way, looking for the best scenic route between roan and grayson hopefully with some nice short stops between
              been reading a lot of weird reviews like that waterfalls are super dangerous and people write in that someone died there
              and there's one thing where you have to pay 25 bucks and there's cables and ladders to get up to the top, that's a bit much for me

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I've never paid money to go outside once in my entire life

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                that's cool, I pay sometimes, I don't mind that much, what's more annoying is them having weird hours you have to be there or you get gated in/out or permit requirements

                also fun random fact im pretty sure linville gorge is the only wilderness with a bridge across a river

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              frick off we're full

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Moving to that region in December. I'm excited for the PrepHole opportunities.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I hope you're at least from the south (and not Florida). Got family here?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why is the visibility so poor? so hazy

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        assuming this was taken the last few years we have had a lot of wildfire smoke at various times

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        assuming this was taken the last few years we have had a lot of wildfire smoke at various times

        Is this a joke? That haze is caused by trees releasing VOC’s that then react with with humidity. It causes a blue tinge (“Blue Ridge Mountains”) that looks almost like smoke (“Smoky Mountains”). The animated gif I posted was taken on the AT maybe 10 miles from Clingman’s Dome. That’s mist rolling through the woods.

        What, did you guys think we were joking when we said condensation is a serious problem here?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          can you tell the trees to stop doing that so I can get a clearer view
          please

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I like the southern Appalachians in general but Smoky Park proper is a place that I avoid. It's a major tourist zone where you have to pay to park and everything is illegal. I drive through it occasionally and it's a nice scenic drive, but it's basically just proof of overpopulation.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I’ve been to GSMNP several times, first going in the late 90’s. It’s the countries most visited national park.

    The popular tourist spots have a lot of people (the popular spots are popular; shocking!). The ~70 mile AT section can get busy, but nothing like Clingman’s Dome or Alum Cave. Nothing in the park is as crowded as the bust spots in Zion or the Grand Canyon.

    Other than that and you might see a few people here and there. I’ve had trips where I’ve seen literally no one for three days. The only thing extraordinary about that is how crowded the park is otherwise.

    There are a lot of rules. You have to stay in designated sites (which have to be reserved) and off-trail hiking isn’t allowed. Each site has a cable bear hanging system, and there are shelters long the AT. The park is free to enter but there is a parking fee (it’s not much).

    National Parks exists specifically for scenic beauty and historic significance. There’s a give and take; there are more people and more rules (because there are more people), but they contain some of the coolest environments and beautiful places.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The entire region is amazing. 2 examples.
    The Ocoee Whitewater Center in Ocoee Tn was developed for the 1996 Summer Olympics. It is great for kayaking, canoeing and whitewater activities. The Benton McKay Trail connects to it if you want southern Appalachian Hiking other than the Appalachian Trail.
    The Nantahala Outdoor Center in Nantahala NC and is also great for whitewater activities and it sits astride the Appalachia Trail.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No, I don't want to get shot.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Only for reunions since relatives own land there. Haven't gone to one since I was a child though.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I tried to tell my family that I bet that the big houses we see that look like vacation rentals up on some of the mountains are probably especially for family reunions and they didn't believe me.

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